Author: Traverse City Tourism

From preserved historical sites to agritourism hotspots to wineries, breweries, and distilleries, Traverse City is blessed with an abundance of out-of-the-ordinary event venues. Only in Traverse City do you get to choose from hosting an event on the grounds of a renovated former asylum or a hilltop overlooking vines and the blue waves of Grand Traverse Bay. The hardest part is choosing which venue to go with! 

This summer and fall there were plenty of outdoor dining and drinking options around Traverse City. But now what happens when it's colder (and snowy)? It's northern Michigan, so we are used to adapting to the seasons! Our answer to late fall and early winter temperatures is to stay outside, but do it warmly in a yurt, an igloo, a tent or by a fire. These are all available at area restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries. 

The first hint of the winter season is always celebrated in northern Michigan with the epic Iceman Cometh Challenge. We love to cheer on the brave souls who race 30 miles through whatever Mother Nature throws at them: snow, wind, rain, and even the namesake ice. (Though, to be fair, every so often they do get a sunny day.) We love to see the mud splattered champions emerge from the woods, breathless but victorious. And boy to we love raising a glass of Bell's beer at the end of it all. 

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